There are incredible health benefits to taking Glutamine (or L-Glutamine) powder. As the most abundant amino acid in your bloodstream making up to 35% of the amino acid nitrogen in your blood, and as a building block of protein your body uses glutamine in large amounts. The most common uses for glutamine are:
- Quick weight loss – to burn fat and build muscle;
- Repair leaky gut; and/or ulcers
- Stop cravings for carbs, sweets, sugar, alcohol and even hard core drugs
- Improve overall health and energy
Medically Proven Benefits
New research is now showing that L-glutamine benefits the body in the following ways:
Improves gastrointestinal health because it is a vital nutrient for the intestines to rebuild and repair
- Helps heal ulcers and leaky gut by acting as a Band-Aid for protection from further damage
- Is an essential neurotransmitter in the brain, and helps with memory, focus and concentration
- Improves IBS and diarrhoea by balancing mucus production, which results in healthy bowel movements
- Promotes muscle growth and decreases muscle wasting
- Improves athletic performance and recovery from endurance exercise
- Improves metabolism and cellular detoxification
- Curbs cravings for sugar and alcohol
- Fights cancer
- Improves diabetes and blood sugar
What else is SO fabulous about Glutamine is that is helps with growth hormone secretion (HGH) by more than 400% in those who supplement with it, and it assists with fat metabolism supporting the growth of new muscle, sometimes hard to do in older people. HGH is also our youth hormone, so it keeps you younger, longer. Resting metabolic rate rises and improves the after-burn effect – essential for burning fat, weight loss and the building of lean muscle mass both in couch potatoes and athletes.
The other way it burns fat and builds muscle is by suppressing insulin levels and stabilising blood glucose – it’s a powerful aid for those wishing to lose some weight. Glutamine enables the body to use up less muscle to maintain blood sugar and insulin sensitivity in the cells, that’s why it’s so helpful to diabetics and anyone with sugar and carb cravings.
How to take Glutamine
We simply cannot get enough glutamine from food alone. By supplementing with glutamine powder you also boost your immunity and enable your body to fight infection and disease. The best dosage appears to be between 2-5g twice a day but 10g-15g a day for serious athletes. One teaspoon of my L-Glutamine from my online store (sallyanncreed.co.za) is 5g per teaspoon because it is 100% pure and has nothing added to it. [Some glutamine supplements have pitiful amounts, are sold as L-Glutamine – but have so much added to them you really get extremely little actual glutamine.] Taking pure glutamine will give you very swift results.
Even though your total protein intake may be adequate to meet exercise demands, adding extra glutamine in your diet can help aid muscle recovery. According to the University of Maryland Medical Center, not having enough glutamine after intense exercise may lead to decreased immune system function. Ever had a cold or flu after a good workout or run? You don’t have enough glutamine in your system.
Where do you find Glutamine?
Mainly in animal protein – but in very small amounts so you will benefit from a supplement – especially during times of stress, if you have cravings, or simply want to lose weight or have faster recovery from exercise. You will find 100% PURE Glutamine Powder in my ONLINE store – click here to get yours and order online.
How much should I take?
Depending on what you are taking it for, you should start with ¼ teaspoon twice a day and you can build up to 2 teaspoons a day – even more if you are an athlete. 2 teaspoons is generally enough, or spread it out during the day to quell cravings. It is tasteless and can be added to a little water or even food.